Eastern medicine tells us that health is the ability of an organism to adapt to challenge. Health is attained through flexibility and adaptability of the mind, body, and spirit. This philosophy also honours the relationship between our inner and outer world, and understands the importance of finding and maintaining a harmonious relationship with our environment in order to achieve optimal health.
Western medicine provides us with knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the body, and the understanding that structure and function are dynamically interrelated. When we support one aspect, we support the other. The importance of movement, circulation, and synchronization of function is an underlying principle of this Western approach to restoring health in the physical body. Osteopathic principles expand on these concepts and provide tools to work with the body to help restore motion and release lines of tension, be they physical, mental, or emotional in origin.